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much. we learned today that pope benedict xvi is hard of hearing and partially blind in one eye. that's from a journalist who interviewed him recently. in ten days, the pope, who is 85 will retire as head of the catholic church. last night he prayed with some of the cardinals who will choose his successor. he then began a week long spiritual retreat. benedict's time as pope has beenl turbulent.ee in the u.s., church attendanceul is down, there is a shortage of priests, and legal settlements from the sex abuse scandal have cost billions of dollars. the boston archdiocese has closed dozens of churches, but in one of those, parishioners have staged a sit-in that's been going on now for eight years. here's elaine quijano. >> reporter: every friday night, christine arnold and her 14- year-old triplets sean, scott and christian, arrive for their overnight shift at st. francis church. the triplets have been coming here since they were six years old. would it be weird to not come here on a friday night? >> it wouldn't feel right. >> reporter: why not? >> because, like, this kind of like our s
, benedict xvi held his last audience as pope before he steps down tomorrow, and alan pizzey was there. ( cheers and applause ) >> reporter: it was one of his last public appearances and the normally shy pope made the most of it. causing to bless babies thrust towards him. the pope thanked the crowd and told them he was fully aware of the seriousness and novelty of his decision to resign. some of the cardinals, the princes of the church who will choose the new pope, were in the square. >> described as being a ship tossed on stormy seasons. his 8 year papacy had moments of joy light and also moments that haven't been easy and that at times it seemed as if the lord was sleeping. many in the crowd were moved to tears and the universal feeling towards the departing pope was good will. the vatican said that starting tomorrow benedict will retreat from view and lead a life of prayer and meditation. today he seemed more than happy with the plan. allen pizzey, rome. >> wall street is not retreating. far from it. the dow shot up 175 points today after federal reserve signal that interest rates
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